Utah Jazz season ends in loss, but it could have been worse

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  • scalman Temecula, CA
    May 9, 2012 5:08 p.m.

    Now looks like just Burks and Kanter of the "young 4" will play in the summer league. Still should be good fun.

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 8, 2012 7:44 p.m.

    But Jefferson said there gonna "Shock the World"

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 8, 2012 5:44 p.m.

    Trade Al Jeff (you can toss earl watson here if clippers trade worked) for Courtney Lee, Goran Dragic...a future first round pick and a second round pick on the upcoming draft...Trade CJ Miles to dallas for Wright or Mahinmi...Trade Bell to Clippers for Bledsoe...trade harris to the suns for Jared Dudley...if this happens...Lineup should be...


    Bledsoe backup PG
    Kanter backup Millsap...moving Favors to 4 that time...
    Mahinmi/Wright backing up Favors...
    Dudley backing up the 2/3
    Caroll 2/3
    Tinsley and Evans would rotate if someone is injured...

    now you need a coaching staff to make it work...fire everyone...its good to have loyalty...but sometimes...it doesnt win you games...if Carlisle isnt resigned by Dallas...should be looked into seriously...Jeff Van Gundy i think can bring the best out of the playesr...but only a temporary fix...we would need a coach with a vision...concrete plan...and should have a very high understanding of the X's and O's and court spacing...coz honestly...Corbin doesnt have a clue about that one...

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    May 8, 2012 4:38 p.m.

    I couldn't disagree more that it was a waste of time for the Jazz to make the playoffs. If they had just missed the playoffs and the subsequent drubbing by the awesome Spurs, then to a man, I bet they would believe they were almost good enough to challenge the best teams. Now, to a man, they know they aren't. But, they also now know how much they have to improve to play with the best. If you guys get a chance to watch the summer league, you should...it should be and very competitive. I think Kanter, Burks, Favors and Hayward will all be playing.

  • yankees27 Heber, Utah
    May 8, 2012 3:11 p.m.

    The NBA playoffs, and the season in general, drags by like a T-ball game. No wonder hockey is growing like crazy and viewership is outpacing the NBA. It's exciting!

    The NBA is filled with a bunch of ghetto thugs who get paid way too much money because they can dunk a round ball. Few can actually shoot anymore, and defense is a thing of the past.

  • Open Mind Taylorsville, UT
    May 8, 2012 1:00 p.m.

    This series was telling about who wants it and who's gonna fight when it really counts. Can I play GM for a minute?

    Staying next season:
    FAVORS- put on a defensive clinic with his shot blocking in regular season and in playoffs. He put it all out on the line last night!

    MILLSAP- How many games has he won for us? Quite a few, and needed more touches with the ball in this series cuz the guy is clutch.

    HAYWARD- Obviously. he's improving constantly.

    KANTER- showed glimpses of excellence. Just needs time, has to improve with ball security.


    Should definitely go:

    Bell, wants to go, he needs to go. He's done.

    CJ Miles, heard him whining on the radio this morning about playing time and making excuse after excuse.

    Might need to go:

    Al Jefferson- great low post offensive presense against inferior defenses but against great defense he often has more shot attempts than points. and his one on one and pick and roll defense is weak.

    Devin Harris- only if there is a better pg we can obtain which isn't likely, stepped it up at end. Jazz DNA is pass first

  • Man in Charge Washington, DC
    May 8, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    The Jazz may still have the Warriors pick. Don't know for sure until the draft lottery. So tell me if end up getting that pick, what can they get at 14 that they couldn't get at 8?

    You guys need to go cheer for a tanking team or make a promise that you will by season tickets to watch the Jazz tank.

    Go cheer for the Bobcats or the Warriors. All they do is tank so according to your logic, they are closer to the jazz than winning a ring because Favors, Hayward, Burks, and Kanter aren't good enough for you.

    I guess rookies need to put up All-Star numbers in year 1 for you to be satisfied. Deron Williams definatley didn't put up All-star numbers his rookie year. Westbrook didn't, Marc Gasol didn't, Kevin Love didn't, James Harden didn't. quit being so negative

  • jpjazz Sandy, UT
    May 8, 2012 11:56 a.m.

    The most important question for the Jazz is whether the fan base will continue to buy season tickets and team logoware, watch the games on cable and frequent the newspaper and arena advertisers. We shall see..

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    May 8, 2012 11:47 a.m.

    I'm amazed that any sports fan could actually be upset because the team performed better than expected. Anybody that thinks the team should have tanked to get a better draft pick should think about how that fits the core values of the Utah Jazz. The Jazz are the Jazz because they have always done things the right way. My observations:
    1) Demarre Carrol played his way onto the team.
    2) Favors will be the guy that will not accept losing and push the team to respectability - but that's 2 years in the future.
    3) To get to the finals they Jazz are going to have to raise shooting percentages (especially free throws) and...
    4) Get a deadly 3-point shooter (or Hayward improves dramatically)

  • mulrich Columbia, SC
    May 8, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    Us making the playoffs has nothing to do with whether we get the GS pick or not.

    The #14 pick would be nice, but it's rare that the #14 pick amounts to much (and can be easily traded for if we really do want it, see San Antonio last year). We already have plenty of young talented players, we just need to get them more experience.
    OKC was the 8th seed in 2010 and lost to the Lakers in the first round. The next year they were the #4 seed, this year the #2. We can easily be on a similar track if our players work hard in the off-season.

    Our players have now seen first-hand what a championship caliber team does and we have a summer to develop towards that.

    Draft picks are great but losing the #14 pick is not as big a deal as this comment thread is making it out to be.

  • Tyler Holladay, UT
    May 8, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    The draft this year is SO overrated. Stop complaining about the missed pick.

  • Dukester VANCOUVER, WA
    May 8, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    Great comments that are right on. Looking forward to an exciting next year? Get serious...it will be the same.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    May 8, 2012 9:24 a.m.

    The sweep showed blatant weaknesses. The Jazz "penthouse crowd" needs to look closely and make relevant changes. The problems are heightened by one more year contracts for Jefferson, Harris, Millsap, and Miles. Their hands would appear to be tied.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    May 8, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    It could have been worse? Really? I don't know how it could be worse for the Jazz. We make a big push to barely get into the playoffs, only to be swept in four games. We lost two lottery picks that in hindsight would have been extremely valuable for us to replace some older players that aren't at all competitive with any of the other teams that made the playoffs (ours was the worst playoff losses compared to any other team now in the playoffs). Now we face an off-season that for all intents and purposes could be the worst in franchise history. The Jazz management need to do some real soul-searching as to what they want for this team. Are we going to get some younger, more athletic and talented players or are we going to stick with old contracts of non-competitive players. If we go for the future and get good young players, it will cost us plenty now. I would have to think we will have to trade Jefferson, Millsap, and Harris to have a chance to get good guards and small forwards, which we need now.

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 8, 2012 9:05 a.m.

    Oh! Please...The Jazz did not deserve to be in the playoffs in the first place their getting in was as much other teams jockeying for draft picks as the Jazz having played well. Portland twice in the last week? Give me a break. I see the Jazz gaining nothing from this year except the knowledge they have some good young developing players. They didn't need the playoffs to know that. Another wasted year.

  • tbrewhe1 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 8, 2012 7:25 a.m.

    Like I said two weeks ago, making the playoffs was a HUGE mistake for the Jazz. Didn't get a lot of "playoff experience" as none of the games were close down the stretch unless you count the 10 seconds last night where there was a glimmer of hope. Instead of have two potential lottery picks to add to a developing young team on the rise, we now face the real possibility of having no 1st round draft picks in a fairly deep draft. I sure am glad that Jazz ownership raked in a little more money and paid out those playoff bonuses though. I am positive we will see the effects of these playoffs for years to come.

  • Hugh G. Hater Swat Lake City, UT
    May 8, 2012 7:20 a.m.

    Samuel, that is the million dollar question.

    On the other end the Spurs packed the paint and the Jazz failed to hit outside shots.
    Rinse and repeat all season.

    Corbin gets alot of credit for getting this team to the playoffs. Fine.
    But will be held responsible for the sweep?

    Starting Howard ahead of Carroll? Carroll who changed the momentum when he finally was put in
    late in the 3rd. Really Ty?

    Millsap 10 points, Hayward 0. There you go folks.

    No one on this team stepped up to have a monster game (dare I say a la old Dwill) to extend the series.

    Have a great summer, I've enjoyed the group therapy here.

  • samuel h wiscomb Sun Lakes, AZ
    May 8, 2012 12:57 a.m.

    From the 3 pt line, Spurs 30 Jazz 0. Are the JAZZ EVER going to play better D from beyond the arc?